The star will play the royal in Stephen Frears' Victoria and Abdul, which will be based on Shrabani Basu's book Victoria & Abdul: The True Story of the Queen's Closet Confidant. It will centre on the Queen's friendship with Abdul Karim, who travelled from India to take part in the Queen's Golden Jubilee.

According to, the movie will be released in 2017.

Dame Judi first played Queen Victoria in Mrs. Brown - a role which earned her an Oscar nomination. She also took home an Academy Award for playing Queen Elizabeth I in Shakespeare in Love.